Kick-start healthy eating habits by resetting your taste buds!
Most of us are all too familiar with post-weekend lethargy. Waking up on a Monday morning with last night’s partially digested roast dinner still churning around in your belly. Not the best feeling in the world but hey, that’s life! Most of us do tend to overindulge every once in a while, and before any guilt and shame sets in let me ease the pressure a bit. To your relief, research actually shows that spiking up caloric intake once a week actually has a positive effect on your metabolism. Provided however, that you maintain a relatively clean diet the rest of the time.
Now this “rest of the time” has been quite a challenge for me over the years. I’ve found that when I start a certain way of eating I can generally stick to it for a good amount of time. The problem comes when a situation arises that requires me to have to deviate slightly from my plan. I’m talking birthdays, nights out, holidays, weddings, special occasions etc etc. The second my tongue touches that cake, that’s it. Whatever diet I thought I was on is now a thing of the past. Finding balance and moderation has always been so difficult for me as I am generally all or nothing sort of person. But…I’m learning! 😛
I’ve discovered that there was a couple of reasons why I found it so hard to bounce back after a “relapse”. The first is, calling the slight deviation a relapse! Please people, never tell yourself that you’re on a diet. Because unless you’re one of the very very few out there that can be on a diet forever, you’ve doomed yourself before you even started. Try to adopt healthy lifestyle changes and avoid going on diets that are not sustainable over the long-term.
And the second reason that I found bouncing back so hard is because my taste buds were all out of balance. After a period of eating junk, your taste buds become accustomed to the taste of high fat, high salt and high sugar foods, so when you start eating vegetables, quite frankly they taste like nothing. So to address this issue I’ve come up with a simple 3-day detox plan that helps to reset your taste buds so that even after a period of overindulgence you can enjoy your veggies again in no time.
I’ve been doing this plan unintentionally for quite a long time now and I’ve found that it really works for me. It’s super simple and really enjoyable too!
Fast. You can have black coffee or tea without any milk or sugar.
The reason for skipping breakfast is because usually when you’ve consumed a large amount of food over the previous days your serum insulin levels are likely to be quite high. Therefore, we want to allow your body to fully digest and absorb the food you’ve already consumed before bombarding it with more.
Please note: As your insulin levels start to drop you will start feeling very hungry. It’s really important that you override that hunger. You are not dying, your metabolism is not crashing, all that is happening is that your insulin level is going down and if you hold out a little it will stabilise and your hunger will disappear.
Steamed broccoli, kale and spinach, sprinkled with some mixed seeds. You can use extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.
Cooked lentils, steamed brussel sprouts and two hard-boiled eggs. Again you can use extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.
Acai Berry Protein Smoothie (you can find the recipe for this smoothie in the food category on this blog.)
Acai Berry Protein Smoothie
Quinoa with steamed kale, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.
17-a-day Japanese super juice. (See below for recipe)
17-a-day Japanese super juice.
17-a-day Japanese super juice.
17-a-day Japanese Super Juice
Golden Delicious Apple x1
Cucumber – 2cm chunk
Lemon – small unwaxed
Fresh Ginger Root – 1cm chunk
Spinach – 1 small handful
Celery – 1/2 stalk
Carrot – 1/2 stalk
Kale – 1 small handful
Raw beetroot – 1/2 small
Pineapple – 1cm slice
Broccoli stem – 1cm chunk
Courgette – 1cm chunk
Parsnip – 1cm chunk
Fennel – 1cm chunk
Red Bell Pepper – 1 small slice
Yellow Bell Pepper – 1 small slice
The Japanese RDA (recommended daily allowance) of fruits and vegetables is 17 different portion. With Japan being home to some of the planet’s oldest living people, I’m very inclined to incorporate some of their recipes.
This juice contains:
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K
- Beta Carotene
Give this simple plan a go and let me know how you get on in the comments below. Enjoy!